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1/2/11 3:23 P

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I'm so sorry to hear about your cat. that's so hard to go through.

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1/1/11 4:33 P

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Were any of your cats tested for diabetes? Sorry to all of you I've lost my share of kitties over the years - it NEVER gets easier.

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1/1/11 12:17 A

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My sympathies on your loss.

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12/27/10 2:39 P

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OH! I am sorry for your loss. They are so much a part of a family that non-pet lovers can't understand how our hearts break when they pass.

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12/26/10 10:01 P

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Dinnymore I am sorry about the loss of your precious baby & I hope that if you have other cats they are getting along w/out him. Check out our other site grieving for cat lovers & see if we can help you there.

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8/11/09 12:29 A

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Thank you all for your support and help. You were all correct - we found our beloved baby this morning, she died. We were looking for her for a few days - she was in a neighbor's back yeard (really weird, she always stayed around ours. We miss her, but she had a very good life.
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6/4/09 12:19 A

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Hope all is well

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6/3/09 11:07 P

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I don't want to repeat what most said. Yes this is a sign of age. As long as she is still relativly active, and eats,uses the box...it sounds like she may have some time still.
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6/2/09 6:44 P

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I've had 3 cats get to that age and they have all lost weight and gotten real skinny. My friends have also had a couple...same thing. I think it's just the natural progression in their life. When they are on the downhill slide, even though they still eat like pigs, their body just doesn't retain as much. Love your kitty as much and as often as you can and in the end you know they've had a great life!!!!!

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6/2/09 9:33 A

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I think that's a right of the aged - to eat what they want - they deserve it.

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6/2/09 7:56 A

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I would just give her whatever she wants. My Cuddles even liked a little tuna as he got older.

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6/2/09 3:14 A

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Just like people, animals go through the same life stages as we do.. I hope the remainder of her life she gives you as much joy as she has.

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6/2/09 1:08 A

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Thanks everyone for your kindness. I look at it like this: they had a really good life, and gave and received lots of love. I love her, and she gets a lot of gentle love from our twin 6 year old girls.

I did have her tested for thyroid, but it was not that. Hug your kitties.

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6/2/09 12:55 A

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It is heartbreaking when they go downhill, to see they go downhill.

I remember holding my elderly Midnight in my arms, cradling him like a baby, and telling him, "do you remember when..." and reminding him of the places I took him to when he was a kitten, while he was small enough to fit in my handbag. And he'd listen to the stories and purr loudly.. he'd love hearing about them.

It breaks my heart again just thinking of those precious moments.

Midnight was my special boy. Very loyal, pain in the rear at times, but I still loved his loyalty and devotion to me. So yes, I know how you feel.

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6/2/09 12:48 A

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Thanks Tiger, it's so hard to think my Georgie won't be around anymore he's the sweetest cat i've ever owned. I love all of my fur babies but he's very special to me.

It's so weird to see a cat who has always had the softest white fur go to looking like a mangy looking alley cat in a short period of time.

I will do what has to be done when the time comes but for now as long as he's active and happy I'll just keep feeding him like a horse.

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6/2/09 12:34 A

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I hate to be a party pooper, but the weight loss is a sign they will die (or time to euthanase them) within 2 years.

My Midnight, the beautiful handsome cat you see in my avatar, started to lose weight around August '07. He was like a walking skeleton. Ate like a horse, still very active, but you'd never know that I fed him to look at him, he was all skin and bones. Shockingly thin.
Then in August '08, over the expanse of 3 days, he deteriorated, stopped eating, slept all the time, and in a lot of pain. When I decided to have him euthanised (because I couldn't bare to see him suffer), I told them, that I never starved him. They told me it's normal for a male cat to become so thin towards the end, and deteriorate suddenly before their time is up. He would have been 18yrs on Christmas day '08.

Then around the time that Midnight was euthanised, my cat Kimba also lost weight and became like a walking skeleton. She was still active, ate like a horse, but like Midnight, shockingly thin, no fat left on her.
Then on 3rd May this year, she refused to use her back legs. They were still usable, she could walk, but she chose not too. I figured something internally had crashed on her, and causing her extreme pain. On the 4th of May, I took her to the RSPCA to have her euthanised. She STILL had the appetite of a horse, even on her last day, but could only defecate if I lifted her up to nurse her. It didn't seem fair to keep her alive after that. She was 15.5 yrs old.

If they look like walking skeleton, losing all body fat, that's a positive sign that they're on their way out.

Please you two, give them all the treats they weren't allowed in the past, milk, cheese.. whatever. Give them extra attention...
...and brace yourselves for the uninvitable.

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6/2/09 12:31 A

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We have a cat that is about 10 years old. He started loosing weight also. The vet took a blood sample and found that he has a hyperactive thyroid. Have either of you had blood work for your cats? We have to give Pills medication for the thyroid but he is gaining weight. Worth a try and not too expensive so far.

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6/2/09 12:09 A

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I am having the same issue with my 17 year old cat as well. He wants to eat all the time but hasn't really gained any weight. He's a Maine Coon so it's really weird to see him so skinny. My cat still runs around like he's 5, he's very active all the time. I guess it's part of the aging process with cats as they get older they get skinny.

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My Shadow is around 17. We adopted her as a feral kitten about 16 years ago. She has beautiful long black hair, and has always been very healthy. She started losing her hair and getting real skinny last year. The vet said it was flea allergy, and virus and after her treatment, she has been right as rain. She eats fine, walks fine, etc. However, she has never gained the weight back. I put her on kitten food (which has made one of my 7 years olds very happy - and kind of heavy) - she's not in pain. She's just very skinny. Old age? I've researched, and they say they lose muscle tone as they age. I guess I just haven't had any last this long. Any advice?

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